Your Council

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is served by a Council consisting of a Shire President and eight Councillors, who are elected by popular vote to represent their community.

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Councillors work together as a team to represent the interests of the Shire as a whole. Once a decision is made by Council it is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer to see that decision implemented.

North Ward


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Cr Rob Coales


Term Expiry: October 2021

Councillor Rob Coales was elected to the Shire in October 2017, and lives in Byford with his wife and two teenage children, who all love the country feel of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

With nearly 20 years’ experience in law enforcement and defence, Cr Coales holds a Bachelor’s degree from Murdoch University, a Diploma of Policing through the Australian Federal Police and a Graduate Certificate of Transnational Crime Prevention from the University of Wollongong. He also served his county overseas with the Australian Army, and is a member of the Returned and Services League, the Royal United Services Institute and Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.

Cr Coales aims to increase the community’s involvement in all Shire activities, and acknowledges that this will improve accountability. He has a passion for outdoor pursuits and to promote the Shire and the region for tourism, and investment.

Telephone: 0425 031 976

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Cr Bill Denholm


Term Expiry: October 2021

Elected in October 2017, Councillor Bill Denholm is a long-term resident of Serpentine Jarrahdale, having lived in Byford for nearly 50 years. A local small business owner, Cr Denholm is married and his 5 children attended Byford Primary, Byford High School and SJ Grammar.

He is an active member of SJ’s sporting community, and volunteers with local netball, football, and athletics groups. He is Council’s delegate for a number of key groups and committees, including the Access and Inclusions Advisory Committee, the Peel Trails Group, Rivers Regional Council, SJ Ratepayers Association, and SJ Trails Association. He is also the deputy delegate for the Audit, Risk, and Governance Committee, and the Cemeteries Management Committee.

Councillor Denholm is a passionate and proud member of our community, who looks forward to a bright and promising future for Serpentine Jarrahdale.

Telephone: 0401 691 380

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Cr Dave Gossage


Term Expiry: October 2019

Councillor Dave Gossage is a qualified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer but in recent years has earned his living as both an employee and small business operator in the areas of risk and emergency management.

In terms of his voluntary community work, Cr Gossage was elected to Council in 2015. He is currently the Chair of the Serpentine Jarrahdale Grammar School Board, and was elected to his current position of President of the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades in 2016 after serving many years as an ordinary Committee Member and active volunteer bush fire brigade member. His long-standing passion for youth development, and building community resilience and capacity has also seen him thrive in a number of leadership roles with the Scouts and Rural Youth organisations.

Cr Gossage’s family have been active and responsible members of the Serpentine Jarrahdale community for three generations and he and his family still enjoy the unique blend of country and city life the region offers.

He is proud to be on Council and is working hard to ensure the principles of good governance, sensible decision-making and transparency remain paramount every action the Shire takes for its residents.

Telephone: 0457 323 814

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Cr Jacqui See


Term Expiry: October 2019

Councillor Jacqui See was elected to the Shire in 2015. She is currently the Principal and Solicitor of Byford Legal, a boutique law firm, which she has operated since November 2012. Cr See has a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Major), and a Diploma in Financial Advising.

Cr See has a varied work history and spent 12 years in the banking industry, where she forged a very unique and interesting career. Her final position in the bank, prior to leaving in 2000, was the Manager of Transaction Processing and Business Services. She has a strong background in leadership and management, and has been a champion for change and innovation in business practices.

Cr See sits on a number of management and steering committees being the Audit Committee, Staff Management Working Group, Australia Day Project Committee, Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee, Enterprise Bargaining Agreement Working Group, Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Resource Centre Board and Switch Your Thinking. She is the Deputy for the Rivers Regional Council, Peel Zone Committee and Armadale Home Help. She is also the Board Chair and P&C President for the Byford Secondary College, and a Board Member for the Byford and Districts Country Club.

Telephone: 0418 947 662

Southern Ward


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Cr Dave Atwell

Deputy Shire President

Term Expiry: October 2019

Councillor Dave Atwell is a family man, married with three sons and one grandson. He had lived in Mundijong his whole life, and loves being a part of the district. His interests include various sports and fishing.

He is a life member of the Mundijong Centrals senior and junior football clubs, and the Serpentine Jarrahdale Blues Cricket Club. He is very passionate about his local community, and has strong historical sporting and social ties to Serpentine Jarrahdale. He currently works his family farm, which was established by his father 70 years ago.

Cr Atwell serves on as a member of the Mundijong Community Association, Reserves Advisory Committee, SJ Ratepayers and Residents Association, Sports Reserve Management Committee, Australia Day Committee and CEO Employment Committee.

Telephone: 0417 974 131

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Cr Keira McConkey


Term Expiry: October 2021

Elected in October 2017, Keira is a public relations professional who has held numerous roles in corporate relations and community engagement for both the corporate and not for profit sector.

Currently, Keira is responsible for developing and driving corporate partnerships on behalf of The Salvation Army, resulting in measurable social impact, enhanced corporate reputation, and improved employee and customer engagement.  

Keira is deputy presiding member for the Audit Risk & Governance Committee and a council representative for the Metro East Joint Development Assessment Panel, Arts Culture & Heritage Advisory, Community Grants Assessment Panel, Karnet Community Liaison Group, Keysbrook Mineral Sands Project Community Consultation Group, Mundijong Community Association and the Community Events Working Group.

Keira enjoys the rural feel and relaxed back drop that Serpentine Jarrahdale provides and is extremely proud to call this region home. Keira is a wife and mother to one and holds a Bachelor of Communication from Murdoch University, with majors in Public Relations and Journalism.

Telephone: 0401 445 338

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Cr Michelle Rich

Shire President

Term Expiry: October 2019

Elected in October 2015, Councillor Michelle Rich is the Chair of the CEO Employment Committee for the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale and a member of the Councils Audit Risk and Governance Committee.

A long-term resident of the Shire, Cr Rich and her husband have raised three children in the region and spent countless hours volunteering in school, sporting and community groups.

With a background in successful small business, Cr Rich brings a solid understanding of new business and environmental issues to the Shire. She is passionate about promoting the Shire as a tourism destination whilst encouraging economically sustainable, environmentally sound developments that protect the character, lifestyle and rural history of the area.

With a vision to create a new sporting and recreation precinct that will support the growing needs of the Shire and encourage a healthy lifestyle, Cr Rich has been working closely with Government and community groups to allocate land and funds to the project.

Above all, Cr Rich is working to ensure that strategic planning underpinned by strong policy creation and implementation is a priority of council to deliver real outcomes through involving, collaborating and empowering engagement with community.

Telephone: 0438 252 109

North West Ward


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Cr Morgan Byas


Term Expiry: October 2021

Elected in October 2017, Councillor Byas is a lifelong Oakford resident and active volunteer with the local Neighbourhood Watch.

Holding a Masters of Applied Psychology with a focus on organisational psychology, Cr Byas is a  registered psychologist who partners with leaders and managers to help them grow exceptional teams and build effective people strategies. He has previously worked as a university lecturer and consultant, where he focused on leadership development and organisational strategy.

Cr Byas is passionate about working with the community and the Shire organisation to build an engaged Serpentine Jarrahdale that all ratepayers can be proud to pass on to the next generation.

Telephone: 0437 661 776

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Cr Sam Piipponen


Term Expiry: October 2019

Elected to Council in 2015, Cr Piipponen has represented the Shire as a delegate to the Armadale Home Help group, the Cemeteries Management Committee, the Darling Downs Management Committee, and the Peels Trails Group. He represented the Shire as a deputy delegate to the Serpentine Sports Reserve Management Committee, the Bush Fire Advisory Committee and Audit Committee.

Telephone: 0406 500 439